Car parts are expensive. Everyone who drives a vehicle is
aware of this fact, but did you know that you can get used car parts for a
really cheap price from your local junkyard? Your local automotive graveyard may seem like an
intimidating place, but it’s a great source of inexpensive and unusual finds.
Junkyards come in two styles, you-pick and full-service. At you-picks, you can
bring your own automotive tools and personally wrestle parts from derelict
cars. Full-service yards will find items that you request and deliver them to
the desk where payment will be collected. If you have a flair for adventure and
enjoy doing a bit of technical exploration then a you-pick is for you. These
junkyards offer endless opportunities for cheap finds. If you have a rare car,
ask the junkyard if they have your model before spending time looking around.
Some yards deal primarily in domestic-brand cars, others in Japanese, German or
Whether you are starting out as a mechanic with your own
shop or you’re a weekend mechanic who enjoys working on cars,
you probably know that in addition to car parts being expensive, automotive
tools are also very expensive. Did you know that you can lease expensive high-tech tools rather than
buying them? Even if you have the cash to buy the tools, a lot of them have
very short life spans and leasing is a smart way to save a lot of money.
Overall, if you love working on automobiles, there are a lot of ways you can
get the best out of your hobby cheaply. You just need to know where to look and
sometimes the least likely place may surprise you.